21 Sep 2020

Agfa Graphics to launch Anapurna M2050i at FESPA Digital 2014

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Agfa Graphics will launch the Anapurna M2050i at FESPA Digital 2014 (Hall B1 stand 380-390).  Incorporating the latest generation of print heads, the Anapurna M2050i achieves a productivity increase of up to 75% compared to its predecessor, while maintaining its high level of print quality.  It has been designed to meet the need for higher performance and quality in an increasingly professionalised market.

Dual board or borderless printing further boosts productivity and the electromechanical redesign of the system has made it more robust.  In combination with a precision belt transport drive system, the new print heads offer optimised dot positioning for excellent print quality. They guarantee printing of good solids, fine text reproduction of up to 4 pt and an outstanding tonal rendering, producing top quality prints on a wide variety of indoor and outdoor media – both rigids and roll media. White printing is included too.

“The Anapurna M2050 gained recognition as the best-in-segment hybrid printer,” says Willy Van Dromme, Marketing Manager Wide Format Inkjet. “The new i-version with enhanced productivity and quality at an unparalleled price point underlines our commitment to this market. The print quality, features and option set are state-of-the-art and make it a very consistent and reliable production device.”

The Anapurna M2050i uses Agfa Graphics’ large gamut of UV-curable inks which work with a broad range of rigid and flexible media for both indoor and outdoor applications.  Thanks to Agfa’s ‘thin ink layer’ technology, these inks deliver the highest colouring power, as well as the lowest ink consumption per square metre in the industry. This results in better looking prints and saves on ink costs.

In conjunction with Agfa Graphics’ Asanti workflow for the sign and display market, which adds colour management and automatic pre-flighting, users benefit from an integrated production solution. This not only provides consistent quality but also minimises errors, thus increasing productivity and saving time. Asanti is completed by the Asanti StoreFront cloud-based web-to-print system, which comes as an optional low-investment SaaS solution.

The Anapurna M2050i will be fully commercially available in the third quarter of this year.

Graphic Station buys first Mimaki JFX200-2513 in Europe from i-Sub Digital at Sign & Digital

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Graphic Station signed on the dotted line to buy the first Mimaki JFX200-2513 in Europe within minutes of the machine going on display at Sign and Digital UK 2014.

Paul Fox, director of Romford-based Graphic Station, arrived at the NEC in Birmingham before the doors opened in order to buy the brand new Mimaki LED UV machine from exhibitor i-Sub Digital.

Director at i-Sub Digital, Emma Plant, had been working with Graphic Station ahead of the show to find the perfect flat-bed printer to join its existing roll-to-roll Mimaki JV33 printer and accompanying cutting system. The new Mimaki JFX200 ticked all the boxes so Fox agreed to wait until the system's European launch this April, seeing it for the first time at Sign and Digital UK.

The Mimaki JFX200-2513 2.4m x 1.2m LED UV flatbed printer offers white, clear and primer ink options plus CMYK, producing vibrant, high-quality output at speeds of up to 25sqm/hr – yet at a distinctly affordable price point.

Thanks to its ability to print onto a vast range of media up to 50mm thick, Graphic Station is now looking beyond its standard signage, hoardings and high-quality photographic work towards the home décor market: printed wall tiles, wood, kitchen splash backs and skirting boards for kids' bedrooms are all in their sights.

"I'm still buzzing after yesterday's show," said Paul Fox the day after the Mimaki purchase. "Emma was fantastic all the way through – she genuinely listened to what we needed – and we were thoroughly looked after by i-Sub Digital.

"It's an exciting machine and we're really looking forward to trying different things on it. Being able to offer niche, bespoke work that's a little bit different means greater profits and will help us as we grow our business."

Emma Plant from i-Sub Digital comments, "The new Mimaki JFX200 is a perfect solution for the UK and Ireland market and we're really pleased to provide Graphic Station with the first one in Europe.

"Paul and his team produce photographic-quality output and the new Mimaki will meet that demand and more, allowing Graphic Station to diversify into some really interesting markets."

Mike Lewis, Industrial Products specialist at Hybrid adds, “We’re delighted with Graphic Station’s continued investment in Mimaki and the new JFX200 is perfect for them to expand their business into the areas they’ve targeted.”

I-Sub Digital and its sister company i-Sub Ltd gave a flavour of its extensive product line at Sign and Digital UK with a showcase of wide-format, textile and packaging printing equipment, with a further selection on display on the stand of exclusive Mimaki UK&I distributor Hybrid Services across the aisle.

Paul Fox concludes, "We were impressed by all the Mimaki machines on show at Sign UK and will be back to i-Sub Digital soon to look at one of the medium-sized printers."

For further information on the Mimaki JFX200-2513 from i-Sub Digital or to book a demonstration, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call +44 (0)1536 415511.

[Image caption: Paul Fox from Graphic Station and i-Sub Digital's Emma Plant shake on the deal at Sign and Digital UK]

Agfa Graphics adds primer option to Jeti Titan S and HS flatbed inkjet printers

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The Jeti Titan HS made its North American debut at the International Sign Association’s Sign Expo last month in Orlando.  It will be showcased later this month at FESPA Digital in Munich, Germany with its newly added primer option which has been developed to improve ink adhesion and extend the durability of prints.

Incorporating the latest generation 1,280-nozzle Ricoh Gen 5 print heads, the Jeti Titan S (speed) and HS (high-speed) combine exceptional print quality and high productivity at a best-in-industry price point. They are ideal for high-value work like POP/POS viewed at close range or for the high-level art, fashion and cosmetics markets.

A new digital primer makes the Jeti Titan S and HS even more versatile. Digital primer is typically used to print outdoor signage and displays on low-cost yet more difficult (in terms of adhesion) materials (e.g. fluted polypropylene) with the objective to extend the durability of the prints.

Agfa Graphics’ digital primer solution can be applied to the entire image or ‘spot-wise’ only. It is subsequently cured by the printer’s UV curing system. Digital primer vastly improves adhesion without sacrificing either the maximum density or the ink colour gamut

More about the Jeti Titan S and HS

The 3x2m (122x79 inch) six colours plus white Jeti Titan S is equipped with one row of print heads and is field-upgradeable to two rows to increase productivity. The Jeti Titan HS comes with two rows of print heads.

Reflecting market demands, the default set-up for both models is six colours plus white (CMYKLcLmWW). White printing supports different modes including overprint, under-print, spot, under-spot, fill and over-spot for rigids and pre-white for roll media.

The “flat-to-roll” option on the Jeti Titan S and HS give users the ability to print flexible media with the same high quality and resolution as rigid materials and this at the full maximum media width (3.2m).

Thin ink layer technology

Thanks to the ‘thin ink layer’ pigment dispersion technology, Agfa Graphics’ large gamut of UV-curable inks enable printing on a broad range of durable indoor and outdoor applications on flexible materials, including top quality banners, self-adhesive vinyls, and front- and back-lit graphics. These inks deliver the highest quality prints with the lowest ink consumption per square metre in the industry.

Agfa Graphics is exhibiting at FESPA Digital 2014 in Munich, 20-23 May 201 – Hall B1 stand 380-390.

Phase 3 named first USA customer of Agfa Jeti Titan HS

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Phase 3 Marketing & Communications has been named as the first USA-based customer for Agfa's newest wide-format printing system, the Jeti Titan HS. The Jeti Titan HS UV inkjet printing system sets a new standard for productivity and print quality at a best-in-industry price point and is currently being demonstrated at the Agfa Graphics' booth (#1736) at ISA.

A leading provider of end-to-end marketing services, Phase 3 Marketing & Communications (www.phase3mc.com) was the first in the United States to purchase the Jeti 3020 Titan 36-head printing system and has been using it successfully for years. The Jeti 3020 Titan proved to be a reliable workhorse for Phase 3 Marketing & Communications, outperforming expectations in quality, ink adhesion and ink consumption. When it was time to expand business capabilities again, Phase 3 Marketing & Communications was eager to lead the market and put the high-production, high-quality Jeti Titan HS through its paces.

“Compared to our other flatbed equipment, this machine uses far less ink to obtain the same, if not better, quality. After viewing the new Jeti Titan HS, we felt that being the first to purchase this machine in the U.S. was not a leap of faith, but rather a sound move,” comments Gail Turner, Senior Vice President, Operations & Purchasing, Phase 3 Marketing & Communications. “The Jeti Titan HS will bring faster speeds, better quality and more output. It will be a great complement to our existing machinery for digital POP printing.”

The new 126-inch Jeti Titan S (speed) and HS (high-speed) flatbed UV-inkjet printers combine exceptional print quality and high productivity at a best-in-industry price point. The engines incorporate the latest generation 1,280-nozzle Ricoh Gen 5 print heads. The Jeti Titan S is equipped with one row of print heads and is field-upgradeable to two rows to increase productivity. The Jeti Titan HS comes with two rows of print heads. The Jeti Titan S and HS are ideal for high-definition work like POP viewed at close range or for intricate output desired by art, fashion and cosmetics markets.

For Phase 3 Marketing & Communications, choosing Agfa Graphics was more than simply choosing a wide-format printing device. Phase 3 looked beyond the engine and saw strengths throughout the company.

“Agfa Graphics does an outstanding job with their service and support. We feel that they set the bar for service performance. This was also a factor when we were looking for our next flatbed printing system,” Turner adds.

The “flat-to-roll” option on the Jeti Titan S and HS give users the ability to print flexible media with the same high quality and resolution as rigid materials. Reflecting market demands, the default set-up for both models is six colours plus white (CMYKLcLmWW). White printing supports different modes including overprint, under-print, spot, under-spot, fill and over-spot for rigids and pre-white for roll media.

“We are pleased to extend our partnership with Phase 3 Marketing & Communications. Phase 3 continues to see the potential and make the most of wide-format inkjet printing, delivering exceptional quality products and services for their client base,” concludes Deborah Hutcheson, Director of Marketing, Agfa Graphics, North America.

 

Blanks Printing adopts greener technology with two EFI VUTEk LED printers

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Commercial graphics firm Blanks Printing has upgraded its print production platform to include a pair of EFI VUTEk® GS-series LED products, a 3.2-metre VUTEk GS3250LX Pro hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll inkjet printer and the new, 3.2-metre VUTEk GS3250LXr Pro roll-to-roll inkjet printer.

The Dallas, Texas, US-based, family-owned company made its latest equipment purchases to meet growing demand from clients, many of which are national and international retailers. Blanks Printing now has greater flexibility in the types of superwide-format graphics and point-of-purchase signage it provides, as the printers' "cool cure" LED technology handles standard graphics substrates, as well as lightweight and thin media that cannot withstand the heat of traditional drying or UV curing processes. The printers not only allow for a new range of unique applications, LED's significant benefits as a green production technology's is helping Blanks Printing decrease its power consumption, minimise waste and reduce overall operating costs.

Blanks Printing President and Owner Leron Blanks decided on the printers after seeing them demonstrated at EFI's Inkjet Solutions facility. "Not only was the quality outstanding with these printers," said Blanks, "but they were significantly faster than our previous printer. I also liked the LED curing of the UV ink both from an environmental perspective and because of the wider range of materials I could run."

Soon after the visit with EFI, Blanks Printing became the first printing company to install both the VUTEk GS hybrid and dedicated roll-to-roll LED platforms. The LED inkjet printers quickly generated an influx of new, profitable sales for the company, according to Leron Blanks.

"We have offered superwide-format printing for the past five years," he said, "but in our first full month with the new LED VUTEk printers, we set a company record for superwide-format revenue. The jump in sales we have experienced as a result of these two new VUTEk printers is validation of our decision and an indication of the big opportunities before us."

Blanks Printing expands its reach in superwide-format graphics

Not content to simply meet existing demand, with the EFI VUTEk GS3250LX Pro and GS3250LXr Pro printers, the company is pursuing profitable new opportunities that were previously out of reach. While the hybrid model printer has taken on the growing volume of rigid-substrate graphics work the company offers, the roll-to-roll model has helped Blanks Printing win jobs from existing clients who had been sending their superwide-format printing elsewhere.

Unlike other roll-to-roll UV inkjet printers, the VUTEk GS3250LXr Pro printer is ideal for fleet and vehicle graphics that need to withstand stretching and pre- and post-heating without cracking on rivets and convex curves.  Blanks Printing is now able to bid on fleet wrap jobs for the first time

"Commercial printing companies like Blanks Printing are finding that higher-value inkjet graphics create new opportunities to better serve customers," said Frank Mallozzi, EFI's senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing. "Blanks Printing has taken those profitable opportunities one step further with greener, more productive EFI VUTEk LED printers that offer important competitive advantages."

The EFI Fiery® digital front end Blanks Printing uses on its new VUTEk printers helps the G7-certified company ensure consistent and accurate colour. Blanks Printing is also a long-time user of EFI Monarch™ ERP software, which the company uses to manage its estimating, scheduling and accounting operations.

For more information about EFI VUTEk printers, please visit www.efi.com

[Image shows 3.2-metre wide VUTEk GS3250LX Pro hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll inkjet printer]

Netherlands-based Aelen & van Leeuwen installs Screen Truepress Jet W1632UV wide format printer

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Aelen & van Leeuwen, a wide format digital and screen print company based in Hillegom, The Netherlands, has installed a Screen Truepress Jet W1632UV wide format printer. It is the fourth ground-breaking large format UV inkjet printer Aelen & van Leeuwen has introduced and the first in The Netherlands.

With its 12 picolitre micro droplet print heads and speed of 94 sqm/hr, the Screen Truepress Jet W1632UV is a welcome addition to the company's production facilities, which also includes a large, high-quality, four-colour Svecia screen print press and an Inca Onset S20 digital large format printer. Combined with flexible inks the higher resolution of the Truepress enables Aelen & van Leeuwen to produce products that are intended to be viewed closely,  such as table displays, menu cards and lampshades. The Truepress is also particularly useful for smaller, high-quality runs and an ideal back-up option when other machines are too busy or being maintained.

Aelen & van Leeuwen choose a digital printer that complements its high-volume Inca Onset S20 printer. “The Screen Truepress Jet W1632UV, however, has 12 picolitre nozzles, which produces an even finer print,” says Nico Aelen. “On billboards, posters and large displays this is not usually visible because of the greater distance, but on smaller, more compact products such as counter displays, which require perfect quality images, and menu cards with smaller, sharp letter groups it comes into its own.”

He continues, “The use of flexible inks makes it easy to bend and stick mock-ups and displays onto curved surfaces, because the ink doesn’t crack or split. Another advantage associated with the ink is that it bonds particularly well with materials such as acrylic, glass, ABS, polystyrene and polypropylene, which means that we can use a more extensive range of materials to print on and consequently are able to offer our customers more options. We have opted decisively for top quality, in line with the rest of our machinery, and the level of quality our customers expect from us.”

The Truepress Jet W1632UV is a large format flatbed printer, which features 12 picolitre micro droplet print heads at a speed of 94 sqm/hr. It can print at 1200dpi to produce photo quality products. The use of flexible inks produces excellent results when materials are bent and/or punched, and increases the range of POP and POS applications. Six colours (CMYKlclm) and the special, flexible ink produce an excellent bond with materials that used to be difficult to print such as polypropylene, glass, etc. It will also tackle unique applications such as lenticular printing.